The Minotaur

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I’ve recycled one of my older illustrations on this one, since I’m kind of on vacation. The original story, which is very different, can be read here: Knossos


They stood in silence. They had lost the rest of the group in the darkness. They had been walking through the tunnels for a long time.

They could hear the loud brawl from somewhere down the halls, echoing between the walls. It was coming closer, from all sides at once.

We need to get out of here! Derkylos’ voice trembled.

There is no way out, Melegros answered, resigned. We’re lost. He was holding Alcmene’s hand.

The brawl came closer. A scream. One of the girls. Another. Then a boy.

Come on, we have to get out of here! Alcmene pulled Melegros up on his feet. The three of them ran down a staircase, passed a corner. The screams continued.

A light. Somewhere down the hallway they saw a little light in the tunnel.

Run! We can make it!

Melegros stopped. That’s not daylight.

They were eyes, burning red with hatred and lust for murder. A head of an ox, but bigger. An athletic humanoid body, like the one of a god.

Roooooaaaarrrrh!!! The brawl of the Minotaur made the tunnel tremble.

Derkylos turned to run. He fell. The Minotaur grabbed him, lifted him up. Melegros walked slowly backwards. It bit off Deroklys’ head, threw the body away. Melegros fell on his knees.

Alcmene could hear his screams as she ran down the tunnel. She found some stairs, going down to the right. Lots of them. The air was getting thicker. The Mintoaur’s screams sounded like laughter behind her. Evil. Monstrous.

Dead end. She turned around. The Minotaur had a strange, misty glow around him. His head almost touched the tall ceiling, his shoulders went from one wall to the other. It was grinning viciously.

The sacrifice had come to an end.


    1. Thanks! I found the names in a list of ancient greek names. I had already made up some, which were rather strange, and chose the ones that were most similar. The idea in the other story is rather about the origins of the myths and the downfall of the Minoan civilization, and how the people interpreted natural disasters as acts of the gods. In this one, on the other hand, the Minotaur is very real. You can say the stories are about the same subject in different dimensions.

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    1. Thanks Anony! I retouched the colours digitally, making them stronger before publishing again. I think maybe somewhere in between the two versions might have been better, but that’s what learning is all about, isn’t it 🙂

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    1. Thank you! I was on Crete with my mother and sister when I was about the same age. I was extremely amazed by the story and the palace of Knossos. The minoan civilization is one of the most amazing ones I’ve ever heard of.

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